Protesters Call on Donald Trump to Dump Steve Bannon
Demonstrators gathered in Los Angeles and Washington, D.C., chanting, "No KKK, no fascist USA, no Bannon" and "Fire Bannon!"
Early Thursday morning, a large crowd of protesters railed against Steve Bannon outside Donald Trump's transition team headquarters in Washington, D.C. The gathering followed Wednesday night's Los Angeles protest in which hundreds of people rallied on the steps of City Hall to protest the president-elect's controversial pick for his chief strategist and senior adviser.
On the steps and inside the lobby of the General Services Administration building, where Trump's transition team is based, protesters chanted and displayed signs reading "Fire Bannon" and flooded social media with photos and videos, along with the hashtags #JewishResistance and #FireBannon. The protest was organized by the American Jewish activist group If Not Now, which spread word about the event on Facebook.
The night prior in L.A., protestors chanted: "No KKK, no fascist USA, no Bannon."
Bannon was executive chairman of Breitbart News before being named Trump's campaign chair in August. A polarizing figure celebrated by the white nationalist movement and alt-right conservatives, Bannon has been accused of anti-Semitism, sexism and racism by the Anti-Defamation League.
In the wake of Trump's victory, reports of hate crimes targeted at Jews, Muslims, Latinos, African-Americans and LGBT people have spiked across the nation.
Sen. Bernie Sanders and more than 100 House Democrats have also called on Trump to rescind his job offer to Bannon. "Over the years, we have made progress in becoming a less discriminatory and more tolerant society — and we are not going backward," said the Vermont senator in a statement Wednesday. "The appointment by President-elect Trump of a racist individual like Mr. Bannon to a position of authority is totally unacceptable. In a democratic society, we can disagree all we want over issues, but racism and bigotry cannot be part of any public policy."
Wednesday saw a continuation of the protests that have broken out across the country since Trump's victory. Rallied by the hashtag #SanctuaryCampus, demonstrations were organized across 80 college campuses.
During his interview with 60 Minutes on Sunday, Trump looked into the camera and told any of his supporters guilty of hate crimes or hate speech to "stop it." Since then, the president-elect has taken to Twitter to combat reports of his transition team being in a state of chaos, but he has remained quiet about the continuing protests.
See posts from the protests in L.A. and D.C. below.